When one talks of paying a visit to the wild, the tendency is to think of a location that is far away from civilization. However, this is not the case always. In the heart of African safaris you can get to the wild that is found within the capital city, probably the only of its kind in the world. You will marvel at how close the wild is to civilization and how the wild interacts with the population around it.
Nairobi National Park
This national park has been in existence since 1946 and it is the oldest in the land. The park is located approximately 7 kilometers from the city center of Nairobi. While at the park you are able to spot the skyscrapers that are in the city center. Indeed this is the only national park at such close proximity to a city.
How to get there
Due to its close proximity to the city you can easily get there by road. The road to the facility is in perfect condition thus getting there should not be a hassle. If you are coming from a different country and flying into the Jomo Kenyatta International Airport, you can find a taxi to take you to the park near Payroll Victoria BC headquarters. The facility has a number of entrances that you can use to gain access.
What to expect
In the park you will be able to see a number of wild animals that under normal circumstances we do not expect to find in the city. The park is home to lions, leopards, hyenas, wildebeests, cheetahs, buffalos, baboons, etc. The lush green vegetation that characterizes the park offers a perfect home to herbivorous animals whose food requirements are perfectly met. You will get to see the lions and other carnivorous animals do their hunting, while the prey attempts to save its life.
Apart from the animals in the park you also get to explore other features offered by the park. You will get to see the monument that was erected in commemoration of the burning of the largest haul of ivory in the world in the fight against elephant poaching.
Some leading personalities that have had the pleasure of visiting this beautiful park have adopted some wild animals whose care is catered for by them. You can get to see the cheetah that was adopted by Uasin Bolt, the record holder of both the 100 and 200 meters sprints at the animal orphanage.
The park is home to a number of lodges where you can find accommodation at very fair rates. You can also opt for alternative accommodation at the heart of the city; and thus experience the two extremes of the world simultaneously.